Mary Ann Yehl, D.O., is a board-certified family medicine physician and Medical Director of AtlantiCare Telemedicine and Ambulatory Quality Care. She discusses their new Post COVID-19 Long Haul Clinic and their interdisciplinary approach. If you or someone you know has long COVID, don't miss this episode.

Foggy brain, fatigue, headache, or change in smell or taste...these are just a few of the many symptoms of post-COVID-19 long haul syndrome or long COVID-19. Most people who have had COVID-19 recover within a few weeks. But some people, even those who had mild symptoms of the disease, continue to experience problems after their initial recovery.

Older people and those with serious medical conditions are the most likely to experience lingering COVID-19 symptoms, but even young, healthy people can feel the effects for weeks to months after infection. Common signs and symptoms that linger over time include fatigue, joint pain, headaches, loss of smell or taste, and dizziness to name a few. It can also damage organs such as the heart and lungs. In fact, it can affect all of the body’s major organ systems. Another common side effect has been the mental health challenges of COVID long haul, such as depression and anxiety.  The pandemic itself has already many of these conditions and it is multiplied by the lingering effects of this disease.

It is unknown how many people infected with COVID-19 will have long-term complications. One recent study found about 30 percent or more of adult patients infected with COVID reported symptoms for as long as nine months, with fatigue being the most common complaint.

Another study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control found almost seven in 10 non-hospitalized adult COVID-19 patients sought medical care one to six months after diagnosis. Most were diagnosed with new problems.

Mary Ann Yehl, D.O., is a board-certified family medicine physician and Medical Director of AtlantiCare Telemedicine and Ambulatory Quality Care. She discusses their new COVID Long Haul Clinic and their interdisciplinary approach. If you or someone you know has long COVID, don't miss this episode.

List of symptoms of COVID-10 Long Haul Syndrome from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Tiredness or fatigue
  • Symptoms that get worse after physical or mental activities (also known as post-exertional malaise)
  • Difficulty thinking or concentrating (sometimes referred to as “brain fog”)
  • Cough
  • Chest or stomach pain
  • Headache
  • Fast-beating or pounding heart (also known as heart palpitations)
  • Joint or muscle pain
  • Pins-and-needles feeling
  • Diarrhea
  • Sleep problems
  • Fever
  • Dizziness on standing (lightheadedness)
  • Rash
  • Mood changes
  • Change in smell or taste
  • Changes in menstrual period cycles